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A judge has sentenced Lamoine Lobsterman Wednesday, to seven months in jail for lying under oath about the work he was paid for while collecting workers’ compensation benefits.

The judge said the sentence must serve as a deterrent to others who might be tempted to do the same thing. William Fennelly, 48, plead guilty earlier this month in Penobscot County Superior Court to two counts of felony perjury. He faces up to fiver years in prison and fine up $5000.

The court considers this a serious a home. In addition to punishing the defendant, the judge told Fennelly state law requires that a sentence serves as a deterrent to others who might be considering the same crime.

“I want to give fair warning to others,” Jabar said. “I can’t give him a slap on the wrist and send him on his way. That would only encourage others to go before the Workers’ Compensation Board and lie.”

Assistant Attorney General Leanne Robbin, who prosecuted the case, urged the judge to sentence Fennelly to nine months in jail. Defense attorney Richard Hartley of Bangor asked that his client serve 60 days in jail.

Fennelly apologized to the court and Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. after the sentencing. He said that he sought out extra work at the urging of his probation officer to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. Fennelly was on probation for assault when he received workers’ compensation benefits. He is to begin serving his sentence Jan. 5.

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